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John 12:29

    John 12:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spoke to him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Hearing the sound, a number of people who were there said that it was thunder: others said, An angel was talking to him.

    Webster's Revision

    The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.

    World English Bible

    The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The multitude therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it had thundered: others said, An angel hath spoken to him.

    Definitions for John 12:29

    Angel - Messenger.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 12:29

    The people - said that it thundered: others - an angel spake to him - Bishop Pearce says, Probably there was thunder as well as a voice, as in Exodus 19:16, Exodus 19:17, and some persons, who were at a small distance, might hear the thunder without hearing the voice; while others heard the voice too; and these last said, "An angel hath spoken to him."

    Wetstein supposes that the voice was in the language then in use among the Jews; which the Greeks, not understanding, took for thunder; the others, the Jews, who did understand it, said it was the voice of an angel. In Revelation 6:1, the voice of one of the living creatures is compared to thunder; and in Revelation 10:3, the voice of an angel is compared to seven thunders. The voice mentioned was probably very loud, which some heard distinctly, others indistinctly; hence the variety of opinion.

    Barnes' Notes on John 12:29

    The people - A part of the people.

    It thundered - The unexpected sound of the voice would confound and amaze them; and though there is no reason to doubt that the words were spoken distinctly Matthew 3:17, yet some of the people, either from amazement or envy, would suppose that this was a mere natural phenomenon.

    An angel spake - It was the opinion of many of the Jews that God did not speak to men except by the ministry of angels, Hebrews 2:2; "The word spoken by angels;" Galatians 3:19; "It was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."

    Wesley's Notes on John 12:29

    12:29 The multitude who stood and heard - A sound, but not the distinct words - In the most glorious revelations there may remain something obscure, to exercise our faith. Said, It thundered - Thunder did frequently attend a voice from heaven. Perhaps it did so now.